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PE inspirational quotes; Week 9, Nov 18.

Some inspirational PE quotes to help guide your class.

  • “You don’t stop playing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop playing!!!”
  • “The game is never more important than the people you play with.”   Debra Demaline Maxted
  • “It’s not about winning and losing, it’s about how you play the game.”
  • “If you can’t play FAIR…then don’t play!!!”
  • “Every winner was once a beginner”
  • “If at first you don’t succeed, try something harder.”
  • “Blessed are the flexible for they are never bent out of shape”   Bill Stainbrook
  • “Each child comes to school with a dream, do we help them to realize it or destroy it?”   James Anderson
  • “If you had FUN, then you won!”
  • Share…it shows you care”
  • “The mind is like a parachute: it works much better when it’s open.”
  • “Be cool…Play in School!!!”
  • “PE is Powerful Education”
  • “Exercise and recreation are as necessary as reading.  I will rather say more necessary, because health is worth more than learning.”   Thomas Jefferson
  • “Seven Days without exercise makes one WEAK!!!”
  • “There is no better exercise for strengthening the heart than reaching down and lifting up another.”
  • “If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?”
  • “Those who think they have no time for exercise will eventually have to make time for ILLNESS”  Edward Stanley
  • “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”  Steve Bartkowski (Former NFL Quarterback)
  • “Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.”  John F. Kennedy

Little Elephant Plays Netball – Week 5? October 7, 2015

Once upon a time there was a little elephant.  Little elephant had a trunk that was a little too long, and so little elephant was teased often.  Little elephant was called pinocchio, long nose, and weirdo.  Little elephant wished on every star and blade of grass that he would wake up one day with a normal sized trunk and so all of the other little elephants would be his friend.  Little elephant’s long trunk often made him unbalanced, and so he often fell over, because none of the adult elephants ever took the time to teach him how to walk with a slightly longer trunk.  One day ‘Old Gray’ walked up to little elephant and told him about all of the wonderful things that his longer trunk can do, such as throwing objects.  Little elephant created games where he learned to shift his weight while he threw, and really project objects using his trunk. He started small, sticks and stones, and ended up tall, with fallen trees and boulders.  Every game he played helped increase his trunk strength, his aim, this distance and so his confidence.

Little elephant grew, and as he grew, his trunk grew with him.  Fortunately the other elephants realized little elephants potential, and started to appreciate his talents.  The other elephants wished that they had such a mentor that helped them realize what they could do.  One day, a hunter was creeping towards the elephants, wanting ‘Old Baboo’s’ tusks.  Little elephant was by the watering hole, and so was too far away to help the other elephants attack.  However, there was a giant rock by Little Elephant, and he picked it up. Because he had practised and played so diligently as a little elephant, he aimed and threw.  He killed the hunter!!! Little elephant became a hero, and all of the other elephants decided to never tease the ‘different’ elephants again.  They also learned that starting with easy games helped realize each elephant’s potential for strength and fitness later on in life, to help kill greedy horrible tusk hunters.  And elephants were never poached again.

The end.

Meghan’s Movement Post September 23, Week 3

Hey everyone,

Sorry this is late! I completely forgot about it!  Going along with my theme of not-being-a-reflection, here is my ode to PE teachers through the eyes of the student!  Enjoy!


English, math, oh what a bore!

I fidget in my seat, bum sore,

C’mon clock, a little more!

I just want to play and score.


The clock says ten, the teacher stands,

‘Lets calmly walk’, teacher demands

We all file up, our hands in hands

Anxious, nervous, everyone understands


We enter the gym, all hell breaks loose,

We shame each other, playing duck duck goose.

We play with balls, that are dirty with use

We swallow our fear, like tightening the noose.


It’s baseball now, there is fear in the air,

Who will strike out, this game isn’t fair.

There’s a fly ball, catch it if you dare,

Jimmy will pummel you at recess, with care.


Report card season, you get your first grade.

You know with PE, you tried, and you played

Hopefully an A!, last night all you prayed,

A B-, poor skill set, is what the letter displayed.


PE, what a scene of mockery and shame,

You know in your heart, it’s all one big game

In high school you skip, can’t contain your disdain

It was that first B, poor skill set, who is to blame.

Meghan’s Fun Facts Blog Post! September 9th

“The Journal of School Health revealed PE teachers are so biased against fat children they automatically assume they are less clever and have fewer friends than fitter pupils.”


Hard facts:



  • 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2013
  • The fasting growing areas are the low to middle income countries with emerging economies, particularly in urban areas.


In Canada:


  • The fastest growing provinces are Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia



Global reasons:

  • Increased intake of energy dense foods that are high in fat and sugar
  • Increase in sedentary nature of many forms of work, modes of transportation and increased urbanization

What can we do?

  • Limit energy intake from total fats and sugars
  • Increase our consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • Engage in regular physical activity (60 minutes a day for children, and 150 minutes a week for adults)
  • Support each other in our endeavors
  • Educate ourselves and others